How to Receive a Miracle from God

Do you know how to receive a miracle from God? Do you even believe miracles are possible? Pastor John Hagee asked his church these questions during a sermon that aired on TBN August 27 as God was choreographing a situation for me to need one. In the video below, Hagee shares 10 ways to ensure … Continue reading How to Receive a Miracle from God

God May Be Calling You a Witch

If you haven't heeded the last several posts, God may be calling you a witch. Here's how to tell, according to James Davis, an elder at New Spirit Revival Center in Akron. "There is a teacher in you, but you won't change. There is a prophet in you, but you won't change. ... There is … Continue reading God May Be Calling You a Witch

Discomfort.

On Monday, I wrote about the wrath of God. Yesterday's post quoted Joe Rogan, who said, "[D]iscomfort is your friend." An hour and a half later, Radio 1000 played the following sermon, which combined the two and confirmed that I'm still saying what God wants me to say. "It is hard for me to kick against … Continue reading Discomfort.

How to Stop Doing Pretty Much Anything: Yield to God and Be the Hero of Your Story

When God gave me food allergies at age 38 to curb the binge eating I'd begun as a teen, I had to give up just about every food I'd ever loved. Six years later, I still whimper as I pass Little Debbie Banana Twins, Swiss Rolls, and Pumpkin Flips or Little Caesars Pizza. When I … Continue reading How to Stop Doing Pretty Much Anything: Yield to God and Be the Hero of Your Story

Truth or Consequences (The Wrath of God)

Last Wednesday, I shared that 20+ years of binge eating caused kidney disease. Some Christians would blame the devil for that, but long before "Truth or Consequences" became a radio and television game show, it appeared in the Bible: Ron Carpenter drew my attention to the latter passage after church yesterday when I flopped in … Continue reading Truth or Consequences (The Wrath of God)

Confirmation from God

I've always said coincidences tell me I am where I'm supposed to be. Sometimes, they provide confirmation from God that I said what I was supposed to say. Eight hours after I published yesterday's post about binge eating, for example, I watched T.D. Jakes, and then I watched the Hagee Ministries program I'd DVRed earlier. When … Continue reading Confirmation from God

My Default Settings (Part One)

I hate daytime talk shows such as "The Talk," "The View," and "The Real," but I got sucked into TBN's "Better Together" before work July 19 because Laurie Crouch, Victoria Osteen, Deedee Freeman, and Holly Wagner were discussing bad habits. The fact the show aired the day after my birthday, when Charles Stanley started a … Continue reading My Default Settings (Part One)

How to Repent (God Wants You to Change Your Default Settings)

As last night's post stated, repentance is one of the keys to getting God to answer your prayers. Below, Bishop T.D. Jakes explains how to repent and how not to repent. How Not to Repent "Esau did something stupid. Now, everybody in here has made a dumb choice about something or someone or some moment, … Continue reading How to Repent (God Wants You to Change Your Default Settings)

The Outlier – Why God Put My Brother on This Earth

A lot of people ask why God would do this to a child or why God would do that to a child. After I returned home from a trip to Maui in 2013, I wrote the following Facebook post about my brother, whose August 1 birthday didn't just make him an outlier in my family, … Continue reading The Outlier – Why God Put My Brother on This Earth

Why God Sends Us to Scary Places

Thus far, dozens of people have read the previous two posts, but very few people have liked them. I get it. We don't like to think that God would send us back to someone who hurt us or might hurt us. But as Joyce Meyer said during a program that aired July 4, 2019, the … Continue reading Why God Sends Us to Scary Places

Judgmental Christians (My Story – How God Led Me to Become a Christian)

Despite graduating summa cum laude as an English and communication double major in 2009, I worked a $10/hour retail job for the last four months. To make the best of a bad situation, I used my creativity and organizational skills to improve the store's appearance because, pre-me, Google reviews described it as sad, decrepit, and … Continue reading Judgmental Christians (My Story – How God Led Me to Become a Christian)

What Happens When God Orders My Steps (A Flashback)

Last night, I shared a few examples of what happens when God orders my steps. This morning, Facebook reminded me of two more that occurred one year ago today. One was the Canada goose incident. The second was something that happens often as I work in retail and couldn't happen if I were still freelancing … Continue reading What Happens When God Orders My Steps (A Flashback)

How Happily Single Cat Ladies Celebrate Independence Day

Several years ago, to celebrate July 4th, I flew to Philadelphia with an ex who complained every night because I wouldn't sleep in the same bed with him. Weeks later, at a Cleveland Indians game, I discovered he'd been sexting a coworker in another city while we were there. This morning, as I walked to … Continue reading How Happily Single Cat Ladies Celebrate Independence Day

Commitment to God’s Will for Your Life May Mean Breaking up with Your Boo

I titled Monday night's post "God Probably Wants You to Finish What You Started" and repeated the word "probably" three more times because it's possible you're dating someone that God doesn't want you to be dating, as I did two years after I became a Christian even though God showed me who I'm supposed to … Continue reading Commitment to God’s Will for Your Life May Mean Breaking up with Your Boo

Two Types of People to Avoid Dating

Earlier this month, I began sharing Christian dating advice, including how to tell if you're dating a Christian. Here are two types of people to avoid dating. You may be one of them, according to a Dr. Charles Stanley sermon that aired on Sunday. The First Type: People Who Lack Self-Control "Is there any area … Continue reading Two Types of People to Avoid Dating

The Affair: A Story of Sex and the Immature Man

Did King David have an affair with Bathsheba because he was immature? If so, he wouldn't be the first. "He doesn't know how to control the kid in him," T.D. Jakes said during a sermon TBN aired May 28. So, he slept with Bathsheba "a lot. For quite a while." When she got pregnant, King … Continue reading The Affair: A Story of Sex and the Immature Man

Why You Don’t Hear from God

Today, Pastor John Hagee shared the following reasons you don't hear from God. You Don't Hear from God Because You Consult Other People Rather Than Your Conscience What is conscience? Conscience is a God-given instrument so that we can determine right from wrong in a spiritual matter. Conscience is the lamp of God saying, "This … Continue reading Why You Don’t Hear from God

God’s Name Is Riding on the Fact That You Will Succeed

Friday and Saturday, I spent hours crafting a tell-all post that I hoped would speed up the process of getting me out of the pit I fell in four-and-a-half years ago, shortly after I became a Christian. Sunday morning, Radio 1000 replayed a weeks-old sermon instructing me to wait and let God handle the wicked … Continue reading God’s Name Is Riding on the Fact That You Will Succeed

Christianity Is a Process (Phase One: The Love Test)

Once upon a time, a kid named Alexander had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Thanks to my parents, boyfriends, and bosses, many of whom I haven't even mentioned in this memoir yet, I've had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad life. To cope, I took diet pills to wake up, downed … Continue reading Christianity Is a Process (Phase One: The Love Test)

The Third Reason God Allowed Me to Become Homeless: My Foundation Had a Crack in It

If you read my last post, you know my cats were the only thing that kept me from walking into the ocean and never coming back when my first and only freelance client called during my trip to Kauai to tell me he didn't need me anymore because his partner was dissolving their partnership. Eight … Continue reading The Third Reason God Allowed Me to Become Homeless: My Foundation Had a Crack in It

The No. 1 Reason God Allowed Me to Become Homeless: Because He Said He Would

When I started writing this blog four years ago, I shared that I've been shoveling food down my throat to prevent myself from telling people off since I was a kid. I also shared the following reasons I believe God gave me food allergies at age 38: Gluttony is a sin. Christians are supposed to act … Continue reading The No. 1 Reason God Allowed Me to Become Homeless: Because He Said He Would

God Doesn’t Want You to Have Anxiety

During a recent Q&A session with singer Lauren Daigle, a woman asked how she handles anxiety. "This is a great question," Daigle said. "It happens a lot, actually. ... There are times where I'm like, 'What is happening? This isn't me. This isn't me.' And someone told me a long time ago -- they said, … Continue reading God Doesn’t Want You to Have Anxiety

Two Reasons I Still Binge Eat After God Delivered Me from a Frosting Addiction

While reading “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business” last night, I stumbled upon two reasons I still binge eat despite the fact God delivered me from a frosting addiction that escalated as I worked part time for a bakery last summer. First, to break a bad habit, you … Continue reading Two Reasons I Still Binge Eat After God Delivered Me from a Frosting Addiction

The Most Obvious Reason You’re Suffering: You’re out of the Will of God (I.e., You.Don’t.Listen)

Life would be a lot easier for everyone if people listened to what God says via the Bible, a pastor, or another person he's opted to use. Sometimes, I just want to throttle people. God undoubtedly felt the same way about me during my buttercream frosting phase this summer, but as I shared with my … Continue reading The Most Obvious Reason You’re Suffering: You’re out of the Will of God (I.e., You.Don’t.Listen)

Why Does God Allow Bad Things to Happen to Good People? (The Story of Job)

If you feel like God is punishing you, it's possible if you disobeyed him, complained about what he gave you, or plotted evil against someone else. But it's also possible -- though not probable -- that you did nothing wrong. Below, Pastor John Jenkins tells the story of Job, a wealthy man who lost everything … Continue reading Why Does God Allow Bad Things to Happen to Good People? (The Story of Job)

Why Is God Punishing Me? (He’s Molding You Like Clay)

If you feel like God is punishing you, he may be molding you like clay, spinning you 'round and 'round on his potter's wheel to remove the impurities you've picked up throughout your life. Here are a few well-known pastors' words about the process. Dr. Charles Stanley "When clay is placed on the wheel, the … Continue reading Why Is God Punishing Me? (He’s Molding You Like Clay)

God Wants You to Obey Him (Notes from a John Jenkins Sermon)

A quick Google search reveals that 11 million articles have tried to answer the question "Why is God punishing me?" That means a lot of people have asked it. As the Israelites illustrated, God sometimes punishes people for doubting his promises and complaining about his provision. But as the following notes from a John Jenkins … Continue reading God Wants You to Obey Him (Notes from a John Jenkins Sermon)

Why Is God Punishing Me? (Maybe Because You Doubted Him and Complained Like the Israelites)

As the Israelites learned the hard way, God doesn't like it when you doubt him or complain, so he will punish you for doing so. How the Wishy-Washy Israelites Vacillated Between Doubt and Belief In the book of Exodus, God told the Israelites through Moses that he was going to deliver them from slavery in … Continue reading Why Is God Punishing Me? (Maybe Because You Doubted Him and Complained Like the Israelites)